Your career may depend on your interest in physical or human geography. Consider degree-related jobs, jobs that incorporate elements of your degree, or jobs that are not related at all…
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The technical and interpersonal skills you develop during your degree will equip you to apply for geography-related jobs when you graduate, but it is also useful to do some work-shadowing to find out about particular career areas that are of interest to you.
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Examples of employers include local government, the armed forces, private companies, environmental consultancies, environmental protection agencies, utilities, charities, information systems organisations, education, commerce, industry, transport, tourism and the Civil Service. Geography graduates have excellent transferable skills, which also attract employers from the business, law and finance sectors.
Organisations are interested in the analytical and research skills developed by geographers during their degrees. For example, The Ministry of Defence (MOD) employs geography graduates as research analysts, and the Police Service offers civilian careers in intelligence analysis and research. Companies also recruit geography graduates as trainee account executives, with responsibility for developing knowledge of their clients' accounts and understanding their research needs.
Specific technical skills directly relevant to geography-related careers include field work, research and report writing, preparing maps and diagrams, and using social survey and interpretative methods.
Geography graduates are also adept in collecting and analysing information using various technical and laboratory-based methods for the collection and analysis of spatial and environmental information (e.g. GIS, remote sensing and mathematical modelling), and recognising the moral and ethical issues involved in debates and enquiries.
In addition, during your multidisciplinary course, you develop other personal and intellectual skills, as geography is very diverse and includes lots of hands-on, practical application and team work.
Geographers often choose to study Masters or postgraduate diplomas to specialise in a specific area, such as geographical information systems, remote sensing, environmental conservation, environmental management, oceanography, coastal and marine management, meteorology or water resources.
Postgraduate courses in teaching, surveying or urban/rural planning are also popular, as they qualify you to work in those career areas. Some geographers also opt to take business or management courses.
Six months after graduating, more than half of geography graduates are in paid work, either in the UK or overseas.
Geography graduates enter into a wide range of jobs in a variety of sectors. Initially, just under a third of those in employment are in non-graduate roles, such as clerical/secretarial positions, retail, catering or bar work. Of those in graduate-level jobs, roles in commerce, industry and public sector management are the most popular, with 12% entering this type of work.
One in five geography graduates continue studying after graduation, and a further 9% study while working.
|Working and studying||8.5%|
|Retail, catering and bar work||23.7%|
|Commercial and public management||11.9%|
|Business and financial||10.6%|
|Associate professional and technical||9.9%|
For a detailed breakdown of what geography graduates are doing six months after graduation, see What Do Graduates Do?
Graduate destinations data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.
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